Black Pepper and Lime Oven Fries Recipe

A healthy, simple and delicious alternative to deep-fried potatoes. These baked oven fries are finished with salt, pepper, a spritz of lime juice, and a dusting of Parmesan cheese.

Black Pepper and Lime Oven Fries

I'm kicking off the new year with these fantastic black pepper and lime oven fries. It is a recipe and flavor combination) inspired by a recent trip to New Zealand. But before we get too far into the food side of things I want to talk a bit about resolutions. Between marathon-length international flights and media-free evenings in a camper van I've had ample time to think about resolutions in the days leading up to the new year. The funny thing is, my resolutions don't seem to change drastically from year to year. A couple years back I wrote, "I look forward to 2005 being a year where; I see more of the world I live in through travel and photography, I spend more time with my sister, I make an effort to collaborate on projects with interesting, innovative individuals."

Thinking about this year, all of those resolutions still resonate. I'd like to focus my travel on experiencing more of the great cities of the world. On the photography front, I'd like to start work on a new long-term photo series (likely outside of the food space). And of course, spend more time with family.

I guess part of the lure of travel for me is being able to see places through fresh eyes, my brain switches into a different mode, my daily routine gets knocked off balance and I end up find inspiration in the unlikeliest of places. One afternoon early in this recent trip to New Zealand I popped into an small produce shop in Auckland. Nothing much to get excited about, it was well stocked with Kiwi standards like kumara (New Zealand's sweet potato), peppers, asparagus, tomatoes, asparagus, avocado, etc. It wasn't until I got to the back of the shop that I found an elderly Chinese woman diligently peeling and then cutting broccoli stalks into thin, biased, coin-shaped slices. She had a huge metallic mixing bowl filled to the brim - at least five or six pounds of slices. I asked what she planned on doing with the them (she was visibly amused by my curiosity) and in broken English said she would use them in her stir-fries. Somehow, this idea had never dawned on me and now I can't wait to add them to some of my favorite wok-creations.

On the road back to the hotel from the produce shop I looked up to see a billboard marketing a brand of New Zealand potato chips. The seasoning for the chips was black pepper and lime. I made a note to do a batch of oven fries when I got back to San Francisco trying out the lime and black pepper combination - New Zealander's have all sorts of interesting herb and spice uses. They use sea vegetables and native ferns in an array of rubs, dips, and infusions. I brought a bunch home to play with (future post!)...

Happy New Year everyone. Here's to health and happiness all around. Thank you for your continued support for this site. While in theory the site started as a way for me to explore ideas and influences, your feed back and continued curiosity brings a component to the site I could have never imagined. Hope you enjoy the baked oven fries.

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Black Pepper and Lime Oven Fries

1 1/2 pounds small potatoes, cut into wedges
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
sea salt
freshly ground pepper
1 lime
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 375, oven racks in the middle.

In a medium bowl toss the potato wedges with the olive oil, a few big pinches of sea salt and five or six cranks of the pepper grinder. Arrange the potatoes cut side down on a baking sheet. Place in the oven for 30-35 minutes, tossing the potatoes with a metal spatula half way through.

While the potatoes are baking, zest the lime and cut it into a few wedges.

When the potatoes are cooked through, remove them from the oven, taste, and adjust the seasoning. Add more salt and pepper to taste (don't skimp on the pepper!). Serve in a big shallow bowl, or on a platter, drizzled with lime juice and dusted with the lime zest and Parmesan.

Serves 4 - 6.

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I like this recipe . But in my family we used to add to potatoes red onion.When potatoes are in oven put sliced onion a small bowl with lemon juice for 15 minutes, then add to baked potatoes.

home cook

Looks delicious! It sounds like you have your hands full with all those cookbooks, but I just have to recommend one more: Stephanie Alexander's The Cook's Companion is an Australian staple and has just these sorts of recipes, beautifully photographed and organized by ingredient. My life would be very boring without it! Thanks for the posts.


I made these tonight without the cheese and the flavors were great. This is the second recipe that I've found on your sight that I've really enjoyed. Thank you.


I usually do the "oven fries" due to health reasons. But I get tired of the same old, same old. Now I have a new recipe, can't wait to try it out. Thank you very much. Really enjoy your recipes.


Never would have thought of adding the cheese... I happen to have some limes around, I'll be trying this one soon! Sean


Hi I used to collect cook books and recipes. Although not to the extent you have. I enjoy cooking and browsing cook books. Nice site. Bob Tyndall

Robert Tyndall

Great pic! The good thing is that the black pepper and lime combo has become really popular and commonplace in the States in the last year or so - check out any potato chip rack at natural food stores and supermarkets alike all over the city. There are other flavor combos you can learn from too! Sometimes great inspiration is overlooked at home. The French also follow the precept to actually use everything you have in your kitchen - try to find inspiration in every seemingly discardable green, stalk, snipping and scrap! Green living indeed!


It's been almost 20 years since I visited New Zealand, and what I remember most from that trip are sheep (and the wool I brought home to knit), green (the color of the landscape for the entire length of the country during the month I was there), and the food. Kiwi fruit eaten with the skin on (I still do that!), lamb, rock lobster -- I was taken by surprise at how fabulous the food was. Happy new year, and thanks for sharing your trip with us.


A very happy new year to you.Congratulations on keeping doing continuously good work.And for being so inspiring.


I seriously hope you enjoyed your NZ visit, as a Kiwi I understand the effect of marathon trans-pacific flights having arrived back in New Zealand from NYC via SF just a few days ago. It is refreshing too to hear a 'foreign' foodie perspective on food in NZ! By the way, your oven fries look far better than the potato chips that inspired your post - the local black pepper and lime potato chips are seriously overseasoned and leave your lips tingling in pre-alergic reaction sort of way! I would love to know what they actually season them with! I would bet a bottle of good bubbly that it is not black pepper or lime!


The Chinese have forgotten more about vegetable preparation than we'll ever know! When preparing broccoli florets, I always run the peeler over the little stems to speed up the cooking of those stems, and often peel the main stem too and add the sliced main stem to the florets to cook. It looks pretty to have the pale green against the dark.

Curzon Tussaud

I did something similar with lemon and chilli flakes .. oven roasted! Yesterday for our barbie we grilled sweetcorn over coals and rubbed them with lemon wedges sprinkled with salt, black pepper and chilli powder. There is a picture I just put up on my blog I love your picture, the colours are very striking, especially the green!!


Some years ago I bought a cookbook called "San Francisco Ala Carte." One of the recipes contained within it is a great appetizer for marinated broccoli stems. I'll never forget the look on the faces of our children (teenagers at that time) after tasting them, thinking what in the WORLD has Mom made now! It's a simple marinade - mostly water and vinegar. Might have been rice wine vinegar. Very little else, but I've made it inumerable times and mostly people cannot figure out what it is - not the marinade - but the vegetable itself. Since the skin is peeled off, it's kind of hard to discern. If you're interested, I'll go look up the recipe and give you the ingredients.

Carolyn T

H, this sounds superb. Nothing like a simple dish utilizing a scant few ingredients. You can make something esoteric and compicated, but a true cook knows how to keep it simple and flavorful.


this would be really good with sweet potatoes. I make a salad with roasted sweet potatoes, lime and cilantro, may have to switch out the cilantro for black pepper. Yum.


Wow. This is making me hungry. The first poster's idea sounds really interesting too.


I should have added that these would likely be great with roasted garlic or cilantro aioli! -h


I will have to try this. Never had lime and potatoes but it sounds really intriguing.


Stir-fried broccoli stems are delicious. You can also shred them very thinly and make "coleslaw" from them.

Kiwi Carlisle

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